You guys! YOU GUYS! I can't believe how many of you came out of the woodwork to wish us well. Thank you! Wow!! We're really humbled and touched by your responses. I think some of you may have had a stronger emotional reaction than we did! Of course, I know we're a little battle scarred at this point, so I'm not beating myself up for still being pretty guarded. Sometimes I think reading your responses and reactions helps me to be able to access and feel what I would if we hadn't had such a run of bad outcomes. Your thoughts and well wishes - WOW. Thank you : ) Really.
We had blood work drawn yesterday, so I will duly post the results, as always. Everything is looking fine:
progesterone = 53.15
estrogen = 683
beta HCG = 65,543
So all is well. I'm hoping I can get them to stop with the betas soon, but these phlebotomists have a mind of their own, I tell ya. My nurse from Denver even brought up the idea of lowering the estrogen and progesterone (gasp) - which I promptly put the kibosh on. I just got a heart beat!! - I can't change anything just yet! So she relented. I agreed to drop one progesterone suppository on Tuesday (leaving me with 1cc of PIO daily + 2 suppositories... she'll fight me about the estrogen patches again next week she said.)
In other test result news, I didn't mention it, but last week during the time I had that bad cold, I also had a dermatologist appointment scheduled to have a lesion on the back of my neck evaluated. I've had this progressively more ugly slightly smaller than a dime sized keloid scar there. It's right at my neckline where the tags on my clothes tend to rub, and so it's constantly getting irritated. This past several months, it seems like it's been a constant almost-wound, that even showering opens it up, and I've been covering it with a bandaid and ignoring it. I guess for far too long.
The dermatologist biopsied it and left me a message yesterday to say she had the results. Now, I figured if she had the results but didn't say what they were on this psychologist's confidential voice mail, that that meant one thing, and one thing only: the results must be positive. Damn Irish American pale pale complexion! And I was right. I have a decent-sized basal cell carcinoma on the back of my neck. I'm not freaking out (melanoma - anything beyond stage I - would freak me out), but she does want me to have the whole thing excised soonish and make sure I have clean margins, etc. I talked to Will about an hour ago about it and he says I should go to a plastic surgeon instead of her, since it's not so small and it's visible and is going to be large enough to require stitches, etc. So, I'm mulling all this. I don't know if any of you guys have experience with such things, but chime in, if so. One thing the dermatologist emphasized is that I need to get it taken care of now - not wait 9 months until the baby is delivered (ha! ha! until a baby is delivered! That's hilarious! She thinks I'm having a baby!)
Ok. Yeah. So still processing a number of things over here:
(1) According to you guys and according to my doctors, I am pretty knocked up. At least for today.
(2) I've got an annoying neck lesion I need to have removed.
(3) I have more love and support from you guys than I could ever have imagined. Isn't this when you're all supposed to un-follow me and stop reading? Guess not. Or not yet at least. Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement and positive thoughts. Really, just beyond words thank you!
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